Meet our Staff
Carolynn is a NCCP Level 3 Coach and a provincial referee in volleyball. Additionally, she is a co-founder of the Kamloops Sports Council and continues to sit on the Board as a Director. Her previous experience in sport includes working with Team Canada's Mission Staff for the 2006 Commonwealth Games, Team BC Mission Staff for the 2009 & 2013 Canada Summer Games, 2015 Canada Winter Games and being the Technical Chair for the 2011 Western Canada Games in Kamloops, BC. While pursuing her diploma in Recreation Management and Business Administration at Cariboo College, Carolynn played volleyball on the varsity level. After playing, she became a coach for the team at Cariboo College for four years. Having worked at PacificSport Interior BC for the past 20 years, PacificSport is a way of life for Carolynn - she believes in the value of creating partnerships in order to provide opportunities for athletes and coaches in their own backyard.
Eryn Bulmer Barrett
Sport Performance Coordinator
Eryn brings 20 years’ of experience in high performance sport, coaching and fitness to PacificSport. In addition to being a two-time Olympian in diving, she is also a Level 2 NCCP Certified Diving Coach and Personal Trainer. In recognition of her accomplishments, Eryn is a two-time Aquatic Federation of Canada Female Athlete of the Year Award recipient, and was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 2002. Eryn holds a Finance/Risk Management degree from the University of Calgary, Haskayne School of Business, and contributes to KidSport Alberta as a Board Member and coaches and officiates springboard and platform diving events during her free time.
Sport Participation Coordinator and Operation Red Nose Coordinator
- Operation Red Nose, an annual fundraiser for PacificSport Interior BC
- Volunteer recruitment
- Venue managing on evenings of service
Katie previously worked with PacificSport Interior BC as an intern for the “Winter Fun Fest…Countdown to 2010” event and a Camp Leader for the XploreSportZ camp. She graduated from Thompson Rivers University with a degree in Tourism. In her spare time, Katie enjoys playing in the Women's Soccer League, camping, fishing, hiking with her dog Mya and traveling around the world.
Sport Development Coordinator (Merritt, BC)
Mailing Address: PO Box 189, 1950 Mammete Ave, Merritt, BC V1K 1B8
Josee brings her experience as a certified teacher, coach, parks interpreter, and recreation leader to this role. She has been a Recreation Coordinator for the University of Alberta where she delivered programs for sport and recreation on campus. She enjoys being involved with local sport organizations such as the Merritt Youth Soccer, Merritt Otters Swim Club and Linda’s Dance Studio.
Meet our Board of Directors
Ron McColl has been involved with PacificSport Interior BC since its inception and has been actively involved with its establishment and growth. He has maintained an involvement with sport throughout his life as a participant (high school and community sports, golf, and canoeing), as a volunteer, as a parent, and as part of his profession. Ron has a Bachelor of Recreation Education from UBC, a Diploma in Public Sector Management from UVic, Ron retired from the City of Kamloops after being in the roles of Manager of Corporate Programs and Projects and Manager of Recreation and Culture.
Rendy Olthuis joined PacificSport to fill the role of Treasurer. She joins the board with a Bachelor of Education from U of A, Computer Systems: Operations and Management (CSOM) from UCC and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) – Certified Management Accountants Society of British Columbia. Rendy is currently retired and makes fitness a part of every day.
Barbara Warsimage enjoys watching all sports but has a soft spot for softball, a sport she played, coached and managed for nearly 40 years. Barbs’ reason for being involved with PacificSport is to "be part of helping hometown athletes train in Kamloops and go on to compete at elite events such as Nationals, Worlds and the Olympic Games."
As the manager/charge nurse at the Gaumont Residence Community Care Facility, Barbara is a certified Registered Psychiatric Nurse and graduate of the Riverview School of Nursing in Port Coquitlam. Her other volunteer activities include the Kamloops Sports Council (Treasurer) and the Kamloops Sport Council (Chair from 1991-2003), and the Kamloops Hall of Fame Committee.
Appointed Director - School District 73
Greg Gartrell is no stranger to sport. He joins PacificSport as the Kamloops/Thompson School District #73 Appointed Director. Greg says he made the decision to become a part of the board to help support athletics and to ensure the athletes of this region get the same support and opportunities that he received while playing hockey, tennis and golf, whilst growing up in Summerland. Greg has a Biology and Physical Education Degree.
Greg is currently the Vice Principal at Valleyview Secondary School. During his time as a physical educator at SD#73, Greg was involved in coaching many sports and serving as athletic director, and OVSAA president. In Greg’s spare time he enjoys playing Hockey, Golf and camping with his family. He spends much of his time coaching his kids in Minor Hockey.
Appointed Director - City of Kamloops Health & Sport Development Supervisor
Linda Stride is the Health and Sport Development Supervisor with the City of Kamloops and is passionate about and committed to providing physical activity opportunities for a range of participants that lead to an improved quality of life. “I believe that sport is the perfect vehicle to encourage movement in our families and stimulate community engagement.”
Much of Linda’s professional experience in sport and wellness has been with municipal organizations and post-secondary institutions. Linda has instructed the soccer activity class in the Physical Education Department at the Univ. of Saskatchewan, Univ. of Alberta and Grant MacEwan University. Linda has earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology, majoring in Leisure and Sport Management from the University of Saskatchewan and a Recreation Leadership Diploma from Langara College.
As an athlete and coach, Linda’s primary athletic endeavors were in soccer and since hanging up her soccer cleats, she has pursued running, triathlons and fitness.
Appointed Director - Thompson Rivers University Athletic Director
Ken's heart is with basketball, a sport he played in University and went on to coach and administer at the provincial, national and international levels. Ken's belief in high-performance sport led him to be involved in PacificSport as he feels "strongly that we need to support sport if we want to gain the benefits of sport."
A graduate of Simon Fraser University and UVic, Ken is the Director of Athletics and Recreation at Thompson Rivers University. His volunteer involvement also includes being on the Board of Directors of Canada West
Universities Athletics Association, Board Member of BC Basketball and the BC Sports Hall of Fame.
Jack Miller is an active coach and athlete. He coaches recreational and elite distance runners and has completed 53 marathons (all sub-three hours) himself. He became involved with PacificSport because he believes that "helping to provide better opportunities for coaches and athletes is a very important component of the sport delivery system in BC and in Canada."
Jack is a graduate of UVic (B.Ed. and M.Ed.) and UBC (Education Doctorate) and is an assistant professor at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops where he teaches Physical Education Methods courses in the Bachelor of Education (Elementary) program as well as supervising student teachers. His volunteer commitments include the Coaches Association of BC, Past-President; and as a Board Member for the Kamloops Action for Healthy Communities Society.
Kevin is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and develops sport specific training programs. Kevin works towards a global approach in correcting postural and muscular imbalances through manual therapy techniques, modalities and active rehabilitation exercises to return the person back to sport or work.
Kevin is also the owner of Excelerate Sports Therapy Inc. He has been the head Athletic Therapist for the past five years at Thompson River’s University in Kamloops and the Sage Sports Institute. Kevin has also worked with Professional, National and Amateur athletes rehabilitating them from injuries and developing sport specific training programs. In February 2010, Kevin was part of the Host Therapy Team for Long Track Speed Skating for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, BC. For the past four years he has worked as a consultant to the Kamloops Blazers.
While Jenny John's favourite spectator sports are golf, curling and tennis, it was her background in competitive field hockey as a player, coach and umpire at the provincial and national level that drew her to PacificSport. "When I moved to Kamloops to retire I wanted to keep in touch with high-performance sport and share my provincial sport perspective."
A graduate of Nonington College of Physical Education (Physical Education), Jenny has been a teacher both in England and Canada and was the BC Women's Field hockey Provincial Coordinator for 21 years. She was the Field Hockey Sport Chair for the 2006 BC Games in Kamloops, as well as the 2011 Western Summer Games, and served as Field Hockey Canada's technical advisor during the 1993 and 2005 Canada Summer Games. Jenny has recently been inducted into the BC Hall of Fame. Jenny's induction is recognition for her considerable contribution as a 'builder' within Field Hockey.
Peter Moyls admits to not having a favourite sport, though he played varsity hockey for UBC for five years, and has coached both UBC hockey and Midget A at Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Saskatchewan. Peter is involved with PacificSport because it allows Peter "to be involved with other individuals who may share (his) vision of bringing the positive values back to sport."
A graduate of University of Toronto (PhD) and UBC (MPE, BPE), Peter is an Instructor in the Math and PE departments and has served as Chair of Physical Education at Thompson Rivers University. He also instructs coaching clinics in hockey, is also a District Coach Coordinator for BC Hockey. Peter is currently working on the development of the new e-learning programs for Hockey Canada.
Brian Olthuis started playing football in University before moving to coaching University ball and finishing coaching the U19 Canada Cup. Brian was led to PacificSport because he wanted to be involved in current sports issues and want to help develop sport (from funding to nutrition and training advancements).
A graduate of the University of Alberta (B.P.E, teaching certificate) Brian retired after teaching PE for 34 years and now enjoys facilitating National Coaching Certificate Programs (NCCP). Brian also works for Football BC as Vice President of Programs and delivers their NCCP programs and is a Master Learning Facilitator for Football Canada.
Bernard (Buzz) Manuel Jr. - Aboriginal Sport, Recreation & Physical Activity Partners Council
Bernard is a member of the Upper Nicola Band and is of Syilx (Okanagan) and Nlaka’pamux (Thompson) ancestry. Born and raised in the Nicola Valley, Bernard became an avid athlete competing in hockey, softball, basketball and volleyball. Bernard later became competitive in track and field and cross country running and has participated in the North American Indigenous Games on five separate occasions, three times as an athlete and twice as a coach for Athletics. Bernard is currently coaching the grass roots level of lacrosse with the Nicola Valley Minor Lacrosse Association at the Mini Tyke / Tyke level.
Bernard is employed by the Aboriginal Sport, Recreation & Physical Activity Partners Council as the Regional Sport & Physical Activity Coordinator and holds diplomas from Vancouver Island University in Recreation & Sport Management and in Physical Education. Bernard and his wife, Maple, live a very active life with their three children; Keanu, Phoenix and Linden.